Last year at this time I was in Fabriano and Florence, Italy. Today I decided to paint from one of my photo's that I took in Gubbio, Italy, a view looking down the valley. It was mid-afternoon when we arrived in Gubbio and had about an hour free time to explore. Needless-to-say, I didn't make it very far on the main street. I was looking at all the shops and stumbled into a book binding shop. The owner/artist was rather friendly and told us about her shop, how she made books and leather goods, and where she was trained in Rome. I bought a ostrich backpack and a glass dip pen from her.